I’ve always been fascinated by the “before its time” grandiosity of the now classic Nazi propaganda films.
By 1930’s standards, they were indeed considered cutting edge and if you can possibly remove the subject matter from the equation, these films remain incredible works of art. The unique camera angles, plus the storied use of editing, slow motion and lighting made for impeccable cinema.
And they were the cinematic creations that stemmed from the fertile and creative mind of a maverick director.
And a woman.
It’s hardly a secret that Leni Riefenstahl was Adolf Hitler’s favorite filmmaker and documentarian. She was the controversial cinematic director of classic documentaries, Olympia and Triumph of the Will. She also shot footage of those epic Nazi pep rallies in Berlin and Munich. At the time, she did things that few directors did. She saw things that few could see. She not only had a voice….she had incredible “sight”. She was indeed, a visionary.
She died in the fall of 2003 at the ripe old age of 101 and in the years following her death, I began very informal research into the woman that Riefenstahl was.
But that’s not the basis for this post. Nor or her films. This subject matter contained in this post focuses on what I found in my pursuit of learning about Frau Leni.
You see, I learned that with a little creative editing and the right music, Hitler and his jack booted thuggery can actually be kind of funny.
And apparently, so incredibly misunderstood.
Here’s Dolphie singing, “Movin’ On Up”, the theme from TV’s, “The Jeffersons”. Great editing and by the way, is it just me, or does anyone else hear what I hear in this TV theme song. Listen carefully to the background singer during the bridge (at roughly 0:52). I swear to Vishnu that sounds just like Sherman “George Jefferson” Hemsley singing harmony.
Regardless of whether ol Sherm is singing or not, this piece is truly inspired. BRILLIANT!!!
No dance party would be complete without refreshments. Here, our host eats unt tasty slice of der post-rave watermelon!!
Yum! Es goot, ja!!
See? See what I mean?
History got it wrong! He wasn’t really a tyrant or Satan incarnate, for that matter. And there are fuhrer and fuhrer pieces of evidence indicating that Adolph Hitler WAS in fact, a completely delusional narcissistic bully in thrall to a dominant father and with a neurosis about women, who as a feminine boy, was obsequious towards superiors while displaying rabidly homosexual tendencies and his sense of grievance over this fact and other perceived failures prompted his own humiliation which led to his cruelty and policy of mass slaughter.
On the contrary…
In reality, Hitler was merely “acting out”.
His ONLY problem, as evidenced in these videos, was that he was a frustrated singer and choreographer who had a lusty penchant for sweet, aqueous fruit.